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Julian is one of the most unique and rewarding mage heroes in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

The fourth hero in the Forsaken Light series, the Scarlet Raven is the hardest hero to master in the EXP lane due to his unique skill set.

He has no ultimate ability, and you can level up his third skill right from the very start.

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Each skill also has an enhanced version that can be used after activating any two skills. In addition, he has a lot of skill combos, each with its advantage during a team fight.

To master Julian, you’ll need quick thinking and a lot of practice.

The good news is that we’re here to make the learning process a little easier, with recommended emblems, battle spells, and best builds for the hero in this beginner’s guide.

Julian’s skills in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Passive – Smith’s Legacy

After casting two different skills, Julian enhances his third skill. He can also upgrade each of his skills to level five.

  • Casting an enhanced skill will put all his skills on a seven-second cooldown.
  • All his basic attacks will be enhanced for five seconds after casting an enhanced skill. Every basic attack during this time will also pull the enemy closer to him.
  • Julian also gains extra magic lifesteal for five seconds each time he hits an enemy hero with his skills. It stacks up to three times, so spamming your skills in the laning phase is a must if you want to avoid teleporting to your base often.

Skill 1 – Scythe

Julian hurls a flying scythe in a target direction, dealing damage to enemies along the way and slowing them.

Enhanced effect: It works similarly, but inflicts a more punishing slow effect. Upon hitting a non-minion enemy, the scythes do not disappear and will continue to fly at a slower speed, dealing continuous damage to nearby enemies.

  • This is Julian’s bread-and-butter damage skill. Max this first as it has the largest damage output compared to Chain and Sword.
  • Finishing combos with Enhanced Scythe should be your goal every time you’re going for the kill.
  • This is also a better skill for pursuing enemy heroes than Sword and Scythe, as it travels fast and will give the enemy less time to react. The slow for one second on Enhanced Scythe is all you need to set up your other skills.
  • It’s crucial that you hit enemies with the Chain stun before going for Enhanced Scythe, as it’s easy to avoid the latter once it stops in the targeted destination.

Skill 2 – Sword

Julian summons a flying sword and dashes in a target direction, dealing damage to enemies along the way.

Enhanced effect: Summons a large number of flying swords and dashes in the target direction, dealing damage to enemies along the way. Julian will also briefly disappear and become invincible. After a short delay, he’ll reappear at the farthest end of his dash.

  • Julian can dash through walls with both Sword and Enhanced Sword.
  • Enhanced Sword can be a lifesaver in sticky situations where multiple enemies are ganking you. It acts as a simpler, and much shorter, version of Benedetta‘s Alecto: Final Blow where you’re invincible for a short time during the dash.
  • Enemies caught in the middle of Enhanced Sword will also take damage.

Skill 3 – Chain

Julian casts a chain at a target location, dealing damage to enemies hit after a short delay and immobilizing them.

Enhanced effect: The chain deals continuous damage to enemies in the area and slows them. Enemies that are still in the area at the end of the skill duration will take more damage and be knocked airborne.

  • Chain immobilizes the enemy, so they won’t be able to move or use blink spells. Enhanced Chain knocks enemies airborne, which means they are also unable to move, attack, and use any skills.
  • Both skills are great for initiating team fights and opening up enemy targets to attack by your allies.
  • Chain is also a great escape tool if you time it wisely. If you’re planning to use it with Sword, you can cast Chain to prevent enemies from catching up to you after you dash.

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Recommended battle spell

Recommended battle spells for Julian in Mobile Legends
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Execute is a powerful spell for Julian, boosting his early-game killing potential and team fights effectiveness, especially against enemy marksmen and junglers.

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When playing as a jungler, choosing Retribution helps Julian secure objectives more quickly, giving him better control over the game.

Recommended emblem set

Recommended emblems for Julian in Mobile Legends
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Opt for the mage emblem to boost Julian’s magic power, cooldown reduction, and magic penetration, as all his abilities rely on magic power for scaling.

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In terms of talents, prioritize agility for enhanced movement speed, Bargain Hunter for cost-effective item purchases, and Lethal Ignition for bonus damage on multi-hits.

This talent combination enhances his early-game capabilities, with Lethal Ignition synergizing effectively with his skill set.

Best build for Julian in Mobile Legends

Best build for Julian in Mobile Legends
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As a mage hero, focus on magic items for Julian.

Start with Genius Wand as it works well with Julian’s continuous magic damage. Then, add Concentrated Energy for spell vamp and Divine Glaive for magic penetration.

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After securing these core items, your build can become more flexible based on the dynamics of the game.

If the match is closely contested, consider incorporating defensive items to increase your survivability. However, if you find yourself significantly ahead, it’s advisable to continue building more magic damage items such as Feather of Heaven or Holy Crystal to further bolster your offensive capabilities.

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Recommended build for Julian in Mobile Legends

  • Arcane Boots (with Ice Retribution if you are a jungler)
  • Genius Wand
  • Concentrated Energy
  • Divine Glaive
  • Feather of Heaven
  • Holy Crystal

The best combos for Julian

Silent Edge Julian skin official wallpaper
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Once you hit level three, you can spam Sword, Chain, and enhanced Scythe to deal a ton of damage in the laning phase. This is also a great combo for securing kills in the mid to late game. If you are outnumbered, going for Chain, Scythe, and Enhanced Sword will let you dodge skills and either move closer or away from enemies without taking damage.

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During team fights, activate Scythe, Sword, then Enhanced Chain to knock up multiple enemies. After every enhanced skill, you must follow up with basic attacks to maximize your damage output. Use your skills again once they are available.

It’s also worth noting that you will have around 75% increased lifesteal thanks to his passive. That means fighting when your health is low instead of escaping might work to your benefit, unless you’re heavily outnumbered or are far behind in the game.

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